By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Jul 16, 2012 12:44 PM EDT
Vince Gilligan's "Breaking Bad" returned to AMC last night kicking off its fifth and final season with a bang. The popular television drama premiered with the episode "Live Free or Die."
Sticking with its usual tone, the hit series left us (myself included) gasping for answers.
The opening sequence began with our favorite chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin at a Denny's restaurant of all places. As usual, the stakes appeared very high and the situation even more absurd. Claiming it's his birthday, Walt presents his waitress with a bogus New Hamsphire i.d. Met by a mystery man, he then swaps an envelope for a set of car keys. The stakes are raised as Walt enters the parking lot and uses the keys to open two trunks: one with a gym bag, and the other with a machine gun. In what appeared to be a future event, we abruptly cut to commercial break.
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Back to the present, conflict soon reaches a boiling point as Walt must somehow get rid of the evidence that ties himself, Jesse (Aaron Paul), and Fixer Mike (Jonathon Banks) to season fours murder of fellow drug mogul/fast food owner Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). They use a magnet to wipe out an evidence holding laptop.
Walt's wife Skylar (Anna Gun) inquires about Gus' death when she gets word of it via the Albuquerque News. He says "It's over. We're safe. I won." However, she is not buying it and feels as if she is in danger.
Officers, who are ransacking Gus' office, discover a handwritten note behind a smashed picture frame that reads "Bancsuisse Cayman" above what appears to be some sort of routing number, as we are cliff hung right into the credits.
All in all, the show failed to disappoint; giving us just the right dosage of plot points without spoon feeding us the results. It will be interesting to see how the found note will affect our characters. With seven episodes to go, sky will be the limit.
The hit show will take us on a drug and drama-ridden ride for an additional seven episodes this summer. Surely to want answers, we will have to wait till next year to watch its remainder.
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